Quick Thoughts

Beware of the pinkwashing of suicide prevention

Cause marketing of cosmetics to prevent suicide could mark the return of exploitation of a good cause for profit. Just as with we learned with Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon campaigns, we need to ask questions about where the profits are going and whether we should object.

A longer than needed look at ’11 minutes of mindfulness can reduce drinking by bottle of wine a week.’

Why University College, London issued embargoed press release for an already published mindfulness study is more interesting than the insipid study itself.

What to look for in the Special Issue of Journal of Health Psychology concerning the PACE trial

A Special issue of Journal of Health Psychology concerns PACE, a trial of therapies for patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that has attracted a great deal of controversy

Patients writing about their health condition were abused by a peer reviewer and silenced by The BMJ

Should patients submitting manuscripts concerning health conditions provide proof of their diagnoses, such as medical records or letters from their physicians? Should The BMJ apologize to these patients and their academic collaborator co-authors, given that no such apology has been forthcoming from the Action Editor?

RCT of a positive psychology intervention for people with newly diagnosed HIV

Should investigators burden people newly diagnosed with HIV with cumbersome and ineffective interventions?

When an investigator encounters a gang of unruly data…

Editors abhor negative findings, reviewers will tell you that they reveal nothing about the phenomena under study, and journalists ignore the rare occurrence of unadorned negative findings being published except when they can craft a man-bites-dog story out of them. So, what are investigators to do when unruly data do not seem to confirm hypotheses? […]